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Astia and SDForum to Present Panel “Innovation In Transportation” on September 30 (2008 Clean Tech Breakfast Series)

On September 30, Astia and  SDForum will present the fifth program in the 2008 Clean Tech Breakfast Series.  This program is entitled Innovation In Transportation and will feature the following panelists:

  • Dania Ghantous – VP, Technology & Battery Development, Lion Cells
  • Paul McGrath – CEO & Founder, RideSpring
  • Derek Dowsett – Partner, Moss Adams (moderator)

This event will take place from 8:00 am – 10:00 am at Nixon Peabody, One Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111.  The cost for SDForum members is $25 and $30 for non-members. 

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EcoCAR Teleconference to Take Place on January 22 at 11:00 am

EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge

For those interested in the EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge competition (for background, please see this post) please note that there will be an EcoCAR phone conference to discuss the RFP and answer other questions.  This phone conference will take place on Tuesday, January 22nd at 11:00 AM Eastern Time.  If you would like the dial-in information you can send an e-mail to news <at>

$10 Million to $30 Million Grants Available from the U.S. Department of Energy to Support Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV) Projects

U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to provide awards for "cost-shared" (i.e. the award recipient must also contribute funds to the project) development and demonstration projects supporting Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs) capable of charging using a standard 110 volt outlet. The intent of this FOA is:

[T]o further research, develop and demonstrate light duty vehicles such as automobiles, light duty trucks, SUV’s, light trucks and vans, light heavy duty trucks, passenger vans, or any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 lbs or less, that can achieve a cumulative electric range (before transitioning to charge sustaining mode) of at least 10 miles on the Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule (UDDS).

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to provide one to four awards, each in the range of $10 million to $30 million. This FOA has two closing dates – February 13, 2008 and April 30, 2008.  For more information:

U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors Announce “EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge”

EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge

EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge is a new competition from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors (GM), Natural Resources Canada and other sponsoring organizations in which university teams will re-engineer a production GM vehicle to meet the requirements for earning Zero Emissions Vehicle credits from the California Air Resources Board.  This competition will be managed by DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory and is a successor event to Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility, a three-year university competition ending in May 2008 that focused on re-engineering a Chevrolet Equinox to minimize its fuel consumption and emissions.

EcoCAR is open to all accredited engineering schools in North America and DOE and GM expect to select 16 teams for the competition in April, 2008.  Each team will receive a GM production vehicle, $10,000 in seed money, a wide range of powertrain components, and technical and mentoring support from the competition sponsors. Responses to the EcoCAR RFP are due by March 3rd, 2008.

"This is one competition where everyone is a winner," said Ed Wall, manager of the Vehicle Technologies Program, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. "EcoCAR demonstrates how government, industry and academia are working together to develop creative approaches and solutions to decreasing total emissions and energy consumption in some of America’s most popular vehicles."

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